What's New at Walnut?

October 18, 2021

Wear Orange on Wednesday to Stand Up Against Bullying

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and Walnut is giving extra focus on ways to look out for others and prevent bullying campus-wide. Our school counselor and classroom teachers are incorporating social-emotional lessons to give students the tools they need to be "upstanders" and not "bystanders" and to get help from an adult if they are facing bullying. Bullying at school is defined as repeated, unwanted, aggressive behavior among students that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.

Of course, all students are learning and building their social-emotional skills. At Walnut, we practice kindness school-wide with our Bucket-filling program. Students receive positive reinforcement in class and on the playground for good problem-solving skills and deeds/words of kindness. If your child comes home with a super hero stamp on their hand, that means a campus safety assistant witnessed them being proactive in helping another student, including others, and/or saying kind things to others. Classroom teachers invest time into teaching clear expectations for behavior and creating a positive & supportive learning environment.

We are asking that all students and staff wear orange on Wednesday, 10/20, to show our commitment to being kind and standing up against bullying.

Safety First!

Thank you to everyone for following our safety procedures in the parking lot. It is making a difference! Just a few reminders:

  • Students riding bikes, scooters, or skateboards must wear helmets. Students walk once on campus.
  • We do not qualify for a crossing guard on Lesser Drive. If you use that gate, please be VERY CAREFUL when using the crosswalk. Drive slowly.
  • Thank you for remembering to pull all the way forward when dropping off or picking up in the main parking lot. Students may not enter or exit the vehicle until it is past the blue crosswalk.
  • It is safest to have children exit and enter the vehicle from doors that are up against the curb (not opening to the parking lot itself where cars are driving by)

Mark Your Calendar

October 19th: Chipotle PTA Fundraiser from 4-closing (Newbury Park)

October 20th: Unity Day--wear orange to symbolize that we stand up to bullying

October 20th: School Site Council meeting, 3:15 p.m., open to the public. Contact school office for Zoom link.

October 21st: Great CA Shakeout earthquake drill

October 23rd: Monster Mash, 5-8 p.m.

October 26th & 27th: GATE testing for all fourth graders (opt out form available)

November 1st: Professional Development Day for teachers. NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

November 2nd-5th: Red Ribbon Week

November 4th: Make-up Picture Day

November 10th: Fifth grade field trip to Valley Trails Ranch

November 10th: Presto Pasta PTA Fundraiser

November 11th: Veterans' Day Holiday, no school

November 12th: Final day of Trimester 1

November 22-26: Thanksgiving Break

Walnut Elementary School

Walnut is a neighborhood school with a BIG heart, where every student is valued and encouraged to develop a lifelong love of learning. We believe in developing the whole child, so we invest in the visual and performing arts, technology, and physical fitness in addition to traditional academics. We were recently one of five schools in Ventura County named as a California Honor Roll School. We are committed to our mission statement, Academic Excellence for All in a Safe, Enriching Environment. Walnut has an active PTA, School Site Council, and English Language Advisory Council. Each of these groups of parents and community members would LOVE to have YOU join them in making sure Walnut provides the best possible learning environment for students and families. Please contact us if you'd like to know more. --Mrs. Wall, Principal

PTA Wishes to Thank Our Olympian Sponsor: El Sancho Loco Taqueria

2271 Michael Drive, Newbury Park